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An Apology for the Life of Mrs. Shamela Andrews

3.34 of 5 stars 3.34  ·  rating details  ·  534 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Full Title: An Apology for the Life of Mrs. Shamela Andrews. In which, the many notorious Falshoods and Misrepresentations of a Book called Pamela, Are exposed and refuted; and all the matchless Arts of that young Politician, set in a true and just Light. Together with A full Account of all that passed between her and Parson Arthur Williams; whose Character is represented ...more
Paperback, 48 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1741)
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This is hilarious. It totally makes reading all of Pamela worthwhile.
Jonathan Plaats
This "novel" is far more meaningful in the context of its parodic namesake, Pamela. Straddling cynicism and satire, Fielding delivers an anti-plot with a lot of laughs, but does not have much of his own story. Shamela still manages to be a good read.
Well, it's certainly better than Pamela was. I laughed a few times. If you've slogged through all of Pamela, you might as well blitz through this too; it's only 50 pages or so.
Kristen Lemaster
I can't even find the proper words to describe how silly this book is - admittedly clever and thorough, but nonetheless very dependent on bawdy and low humor. I think it is partially because in its parodying of Pamela, this version of the story seems a bit hypocritical rather than simply exaggerated. Part of my distaste for this novel may be derived from its skepticism and warning of being too absorbed in reading, because I love that books have the power to take us out of this world and into ano ...more
Hannah Givens
I didn't really want to read this because I'm kind of attached to the original after studying it for months. However, the satire is actually sharp and skillful. The book has no meaning outside of the original, though, so only read it if you care about Pamela.
I had to read this text for one of my college classes and suprisingly Pamela was not assigned with it. Right from the start I strongly recommend that you read Pamela first or else the purpose of this book (to make fun of Pamela) will be lost on you. I personally decided to find a comprehensive summary of Pamela and once I read that, this book made a lot more sense. While I was not really a fan of the content of this book I really appreciate the lengths that Fielding went to in order to point out ...more
Thom Swennes
I can only say that writing this review is about reviews. This short story is a collection of letters either supporting or criticizing the story Pamela. I was under the (false) impression that parodies were relatively modern phenomena. Shamela was first published in 1741making my assumption not only false but very far from the mark. This literary farce does, however, have its merits but they can only be fully appreciated with an intimate knowledge of Pamela. This is an easily forgettable piece o ...more
Dawn Prokop
A very entertaining parody of the novel Pamela.
Hannah Taylor
This almost makes reading Pamela worthwhile!
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Much more fun than Pamela.
Katy Noyes
I really think this is best read with a knowledge of Samuel Richardson's Pamela. Having not read the book on which this is based/mocks, I know I miss the point.

Saying that, I did find it funny and was reminded of Dangerous Liaisons, by the letter-writing content.

The section I found hilarious was Parson William's religious instruction to Shamela, wickedly outrageous.

Pamela sounds like a tough prospect. But I'm sure it will put Shamela into better context.
Nick Bond
Only worth reading if you've already read Pamela. Pretty funny if you have.
Before I read Fielding's Shamela, I had of course read Richardson's Pamela and because of this I really, really enjoyed reading Shamela! Don't you just love it when Fielding starts out by saying on the title page: 'Necessary to be had in all families' :-)
Jennifer Johnson
A couple of parts made me giggle, but it wasn't anything life altering. I love the implication that Pamela was after B for his money the entire time, and that she really wanted to be with Williams. The soulmate and the material mate.
Una magnífica parodia del libro Pamela. Si con Tom Jones uno no puede evitar reírse, con este libro es obligatorio. Sobre todo, si ha caído en tus manos la Pamela original.
Clever, rather funny, biting take on Pamela. At least here Pamela - or Shamela - felt more like a person. Great name of a character: Thomas Tickletext.
Hilarious! If you have read Pamela, you will definitely appreciate this book. One of the best parodies I have ever read.
Ew, as if boyfriend!!You tell em. What a fucking awesome retort. Wow, I am floored right now.
J. Alfred
This novella is hysterical if and only if one has read Richardson's Pamela. Fielding is a winner.
A silly little spoof of Richardson's tedious novel. It made me giggle.
Janey Allen
One of the funniest books I read in college!
18th century version of a Mel Brooks film.
Very funny, for anyone who has read Pamela.
Satire on sPamela, it's a hoot.
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Henry Fielding was born in Somerset in 1707. The son of an army lieutenant and a judge's daughter, he was educated at Eton School and the University of Leiden before returning to England where he wrote a series of farces, operas and light comedies.

Fielding formed his own company and was running the Little Theatre, Haymarket, when one of his satirical plays began to upset the government. The passin
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“As he went along, he began to discourse very learnedly, and told me the Flesh and the Spirit were too distinct Matters, which had not the least relation to each other. That all immaterial Substances (those were his very Words) such as Love, Desire, and so forth, were guided by the Spirit: But fine Houses, large Estates, Coaches, and dainty Entertainments were the Product of the Flesh. Therefore, says he, my Dear, you have two Husbands, one the Object of your Love, and to satisfy your Desire; the other the Object of your Necessity, and to furnish you with those other Conveniences. (I am sure I remember every Word, for he repeated it three Times; O he is very good whenever I desire him to repeat a thing to me three times he always doth it!) as then the Spirit is preferable, to the Flesh, so am I preferable to your other Husband, to whom I am antecedent in Time likewise. I say these things, my Dear, (said he) to satisfie your Conscience. A Fig, for my Conscience, said I, when shall I meet you again in the Garden?” 0 likes
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